The Boston Celtics currently sport the best record in the Eastern Conference. A testament to their dominance, four players from their roster will represent the East in the upcoming 2011 NBA All-Star Game.
Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen will all come off the bench for Doc Rivers' Eastern Conference Team. The Celtics joined the 2006 Detroit Pistons as the only team to have four players selected as reserves for the team.
Now the question here has been: how many teams have had four separate guys be selected to an All-Star team?
After researching the subject, the final result is that six different teams have sent four players at a time to an NBA All Star Game.
Let's take a look at those six teams and find out which fab-fours were the best in NBA All-Star History.
The Fab Four: Ben Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace
This was a group that very well could have made the All-Star team in more than just one season.
After winning the NBA Championship in 2004, the Detroit Pistons established themselves as one of the best teams in the NBA and had—hands down, the best starting-five in basketball. Truth be told, the fifth missing starter, Tayshaun Prince, had one of the best seasons of his career that year and probably just barely missed out as being an All-Star as well.
The reason that the 2006 Pistons fab-four comes in at No. 6 is because while they were a great group of team players, none of these guys stood out as individuals.
They were all NBA reserve All-Stars, who all have had or are having solid professional careers. But, the bottom line here is not one of these guys are likely to be a Hall of Fame selection.
Personally, I believe that should not be the case, but it very well could be.
The Fab Four: Kobe Bryant, Shaq, Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel
Here is a question to ponder—would you rather have this 1998 four-some, or the Lakers current fab four of Kobe, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Derek Fisher?
Either way, this 1998 Lakers four-man team was a great one.
Both Kobe and Shaq are guaranteed Hall of Famers, but the only reason the Lakers are at No. 5 is because Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones cannot say the same.
Van Exel and Jones were good players, but they do bring this squad down a little.
The Fab Four: John Havlicek, Dave Cowens, Jo Jo White, Paul Silas
Both Havlicek and Cowens are in the Hall of Fame, which makes this group a special one. While all four of these players were good ones, Havlicek was the only one that actually put up good numbers in the game, with 17 points.
Cowens, White and Silas combined for just 19 points between the three as their Eastern Conference All-Star team defeated the West 108-102.
The Celtics appear on this list two more times, so it wasn't easy by any means to separate these groups.
The Fab Four: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo
All four of these players were voted in as reserves, but all four of these guys belong in this year's All-Star game without a question.
Allen, Pierce and Garnett could all potentially be Hall of Fame members, especially if they add another championship to their resume. Rondo is the wild card of this group, and in time, could turn out to be one of the best NBA point guards of the current era.
The Celtics look like an NBA favorite this season, and if they can walk away with another NBA Championship in 2011, then this four some could move even higher up the list in time. As of now, they come in right in the middle.
The Fab Four: Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney
This was the only All Star Fab Four in the history of the NBA to have three of the four players named starters in the All Star Game.
Erving, Malone and Cheeks all started for the 1983 Eastern Conference Team in the game that was played in Inglewood, CA.
The three of them combined for 41 points and Erving was honored as the game's MVP. Unfortunately, Toney only put in eight points in 18 minutes, which is why this fab four just missed out on topping the list.
The Fab Four: Tom Heinsohn, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Sam Jones
The one fact that sealed the deal at putting this 1962 fab four at the top of the list is the fact that all four of these players are in the Hall of Fame. The Celtics were the dominant team in the NBA during this time, and this group was the main reason why.
Heinsohn, Cousy and Russell all scored in double digits while Sam Jones just chipped in two points, but this list is about how the four ranked in their NBA career, not in this game alone.
When you have four Hall of Famers all playing on the same team in the All Star game, they stand as No. 1.
No. Questions. Asked.